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  • Actors: Deanna Durbin, Gene Kelly, Richard Whorf, Dean Harens, Gladys George
  • Directors: Robert Siodmak
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Nostalgia Home Video
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDGX1Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Dark drama follows the saga of a cabaret singer (Deanna Durbin) in WWII New Orleans who, through a series of flashbacks, relates to a stranded G.I. the sad story of her marriage to a murderous ne'er-do-well (Gene Kelly). Loosely adapted from W. Somerset Maugham's novel by "Citizen Kane" scribe Herman J. Mankiewicz, the film co-stars Gale Sondergaard, Richard Whorf. 93 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.These DVD's are produced by Nostalgia Family Video and Come in a "No Frillz" set. DVD titles come in clear clamshell packaging with no DVD menu and no individual title artwork.

Customer Reviews

I have been sorely disappointed.
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Gene Kelly really impressed me in this role.
StarYaten
If you like Film Noir,this is for you.
Brian

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on October 5, 2007
Format: DVD
Christmas Holiday is very different from the musical you would think Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly would make together. It is in a completely different genre. This film is definitely part of the film noir genre, a dark film told mostly in flashback by imperfect characters. The title comes from the man being told the story. A soldier is on leave and gets stranded going to San Francisco in Louisiana. There, he meets a nightclub singer named Jackie (Durbin), a seductive woman with many layers and a story to tell. She gets to talking to him and relays the story of her life. Her name is really Abigail; she changed it to escape her past. She is married to a murderer (Kelly), a man she still loves despite his crime.

Durbin is breathtakingly gorgeous here in a mature role that allows her to be emotional in a way that her breezy musicals never allowed. It makes one wonder why she never made more films like it. She does however sing a few songs, most notably the lovers theme, "Always." Kelly is also impressive as a complicated villain, a man one wants to protect, love, and yet fear all at the same time.

Unfortunately, this film is only available through bootlegged versions recorded from rare TV broadcasts. Hopefully, because of the star power involved, it will be released on DVD.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on October 17, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
Christmas Holiday is very different from the musical you would think Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly would make together. It is in a completely different genre. This film is definitely part of the film noir genre, a dark film told mostly in flashback by imperfect characters. The title comes from the man being told the story. A soldier is on leave and gets stranded going to San Francisco in Louisiana. There, he meets a nightclub singer named Jackie (Durbin), a seductive woman with many layers and a story to tell. She gets to talking to him and relays the story of her life. Her name is really Abigail; she changed it to escape her past. She is married to a murderer (Kelly), a man she still loves despite his crime.

Durbin is breathtakingly gorgeous here in a mature role that allows her to be emotional in a way that her breezy musicals never allowed. It makes one wonder why she never made more films like it. She does however sing a few songs, most notably the lovers theme, "Always." Kelly is also impressive as a complicated villain, a man one wants to protect, love, and yet fear all at the same time.

Unfortunately, this film is only available through bootlegged versions recorded from rare TV broadcasts. Hopefully, because of the star power involved, it will be released on DVD.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 6, 2008
Format: DVD
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY (1944) was adapted by Herman Mankiewicz from Somerset Maugham's novel. This one's considered by many to be film noir. The title suggests a cheery musical, but the picture's really a dense, dark melodrama.

A lieutenant (Dean Harens) returns home on Xmas leave so he can marry his fiancée, but he finds a letter from her telling him she's taken up with someone else. The depressed soldier accompanies a reporter to a nightclub, where he meets the club's girl singer (Deanna Durbin), after she performs "Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year."

She asks him to go to church with her, and the lady starts crying while at Mass. The lieutenant takes her to a diner and the girls's story is revealed in flashback. Next comes the meat of the movie. It involves Durbin's troubled marriage to Gene Kelly, who is a real louse. I'll say this much: blood is spilled. Viewers are taken on one heckuva ride before the story ends!

If you haven't yet seen CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY, put this one on your Xmas "to do" list!

Also recommended:
Deanna Durbin is witness to a murder that nobody believes she saw in LADY ON A TRAIN (1945). This is available, along with four of her more typically "frothy" titles on the budget-priced DEANNA DURBIN SWEETHEART PACK.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 viewer poll rating found at a film resource website.

(6.6) Christmas Holiday (1944) - Deanna Durbin/Gene Kelly/Richard Whorf/Dean Harens/Gladys George/Gale Sondergaard/David Bruce (uncredited: John Hamilton)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Jones on December 7, 2008
Format: DVD
I bought this some time ago and finally got around to watching it for THIS holiday season. Strange for Deanna Durbin, strange for Gene Kelly, and strange for a noir. I was sorry this dvd didn't have any commentary--I'd have liked to have learned the back story.

And what a bizarre title for such a bleak story!

This movie and "Lady in the Lake" are the only Christmas noirs that I can think of and for that reason "Christmas Holiday" is a must-have for fans of the genre.

Incidentally, the acting was great if a bit over the top at the end.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William on November 29, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This is perhaps Deanna Durbin's finest acting in her brief career with Universal Studios. It is a film-noir with Deanna Durbin as a nightclub singer, married to a gambling murderer, Gene Kelly, pining her estrangement from her jailed husband. A young service man has just been jilted by his girlfriend as he is about to leave for a Christmas Holiday. He becomes entangled in the life of Deanna Durbin and witnesses the murder threat to Deanna from recently escaped Gene. This is not strictly speaking a musical, but some of Deanna Durbin's best known songs are from this film: Always; Spring Will be a Little Late This Year; etc.
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